Robert “Bob” D. Dunham, 85, died at home on the evening of Feb. 9, 2020, with his wife and children by his side.
He was born Aug. 21, 1934, in Glendale to Dewey A. Dunham and Carolyn M. Rosser. He lived in the San Bernardino area most of his life. He was a resident of Yucaipa for 47 years.
He graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1952 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was sent to Aviation School in Norman, Okla. While in Oklahoma he met Betty, the girl who would share his life for the next 60 years.
He was a Korean War veteran. After his service in the U.S. Navy he worked at Norton Air Force Base for six years. He joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1962. After retiring, he had a few part time jobs including the Redlands Green Sheet and Yucaipa Lawnmower Shop.
Through the years he became a member of several clubs. He was a member of the Paradise Valley Model A Club and was a past president of the club. His love of antique and classic cars and the knowledge of how to build a Model A from the ground up were well known. He had enthusiasm for all of his hobbies and there were many.
He was a fun-loving person with a great sense of humor. One of his favorite pastimes were meeting different groups of friends for coffee at the local restaurants in the mornings. There was always a lot of laughter and stories to tell.
He was proud of his wife, his children, and his country. The family will miss him so much but so will the many friends that he made through the years.
He was predeceased in death by his parents, his sister, Carol Butler; and two grandchildren, Lacy Dunham and Bryan Dunham.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; three children, Michael Dunham, Russell Dunham and Cheri Rehkopf (Dan); 10 grandchildren; numerous greatgrandchildren; and his nieces, Barbara Hatler and Marci Mundell (Paul).
A graveside service will be held at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Calimesa on March 6 at 11 a.m.